It was a sincere thank you, I was just laughing "with you" about the whole Keystone cop thing.
I understand that most people do not have an idea what a school resource officer does at school everyday. Some might think that the school must have a problem if we have two "cops" there. On the contrary, Bedford Schools are extremely safe and have been recognized for being a leader among Monroe County Schools with their safety initiatives. I would invite anyone to spend some time with us on any given day. You would be surprised at what we do each and every day. Both Deputy Krupp and I have been assigned to Bedford Schools for over 6 years, so I believe we have a pretty good handle on the situation there. Our normal work day consists of traffic and parking control and enforcement before and/or after school, safety and security checks at the district's six school buildings daily, teaching over 30 different safety programs to students of all grade levels (i.e; Stranger Danger, Internet Safety, D.A.R.E., H.O.T., T.E.A.M., Eddie Eagle, Anti-Bullying, Team-Building, Project Partners and Safety Vehicle Day just to name a few) throughout the school year, assisting school administrators with discipline or truancy issues and counseling students daily. We also work with parents and families with conflict and help them towards a peaceful resolution. We also enforce all state laws and local ordinances, handle all criminal investigations which occur on school property (assault, theft, drug offenses, etc.) and assist with incidents that occur in the community. You will find us traveling to and from different school buildings in fully marked Sheriff patrol cars provided by the Sheriff at no cost to Bedford Township or BPS. This benefits the township with an added police presence. You will see us at many after-school events or games, at which we are often volunteering our own time. If we have any down time during the day, we will be in the hallways or the cafeteria talking to kids. Visibility is the biggest deterrent to bad choices. I believe that is why the BSP CARES group was formed by volunteer parents to help raise money to keep both officers in the schools. These parents recognize that despite the added expense of a second officer working in Bedford Public Schools - they want it - as you cannot put a price on children's safety. FYI, the school district pays 67% of the salary and benefit cost of the deputies to have them for 100% of the school year. For non-school times of the year such as; summer break, school holiday vacation breaks, snow days, etc. the school resource officers report back to the Sheriff's Office for patrol duties as sheriff deputies. So that's the job of an SRO (school resource officer) in a nutshell.